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Lawhead No.1 mine

Location 55.782296, -3.546076, show in map
Shale-field Cobbinshaw shale field
Dates opened and closed Opened c.1904, abandoned c.1906
Owner Tarbrax Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Inclined adit, initially at a gradient of 1 in 5
Seams worked Fells Shale
Oil works served Tarbrax Oil Works
Current status of site Collapsed adit entrance, substantial brick foundations and earthworks survive in moorland site


Lawhead No. 1 Mine was a short-lived and unsuccessful shale working by the Tarbrax Oil Company Ltd.

Abandonment records also include a "Lawhead No. 3, or Tarbrax No. 1", from which Caledonian Mineral Oil Company Ltd worked Fells Shale until abandonment in 1897. It is unclear whether any of the old air shafts in the area relate to this working.


Ordnance Survey maps reproduced by kind permission of the Trustees of the National Library of Scotland.

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